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Poster: shorthopper88 Date: Jun 15, 2010 2:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Whats the big idea?

The new 5-15-70 release, along with all the other official releases, especially ones that have come out more recently such as 2-14-68 have got me thinking... maybe their (rhyno's?, bandmembers?) plan is to just release all the really good shows until whats left on this site is sort of the bottom of the barrel. I mean come on, their are so many officail releases lately. Didn't they just release Crimson, White and Indigo, and then a few weeks later the next Road Trips (which they have been popping out like its their job).
Lets face it, their most devoted fans don't need an official release of 5-15-70, they already have it.
It would make sense if that was their goal. Especially considering that there was so much controversy around streaming/downloadable shows on this site. And I'm pretty sure that some GD band members don't like the fact that we can even stream SBDs here.
But hey, who can blame them for wanting to cash in on some of these great performances. I guess it is kind of nice to have shows in an official release form in your collection anyways (artwork etc).

(excuse my ramblings, its early)

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jun 15, 2010 3:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Whats the big idea?

Excellent point. They should only release really crappy shows that no one is interested in hearing to preserve this place and make as little money as possible or even better lose money on making the CDs and packaging.

Seems to me that they have always released classic shows even when there was downloading at this site and before this site existed so why stop? Look at the shows released as Dick's Picks like Harpur or the Fillmore East from Feb '70? Or how about compilations like Steppin' Out? Incomplete shows like 100 Years Hall? IMO very little about the approach has changed. Be thankful that you still have so many shows here to listen to. What other band of their stature has a site here let alone this many options for listening/downloading? The taper friendly ABB? Cream gets a lot of discussion here, although there is no site like this for their music.

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Jun 15, 2010 4:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Whats the big idea?

i like the upgrades their doing for these shows.i'm sure it takes some time and money going from reel to digital and get it right. if i remember correctly the 5-15-70 show was one of the last shows still available here at lma even after they pulled the plug.i personaly would love to see more classic dvd's of shows come out if there is anymore footage from the 60's and 70's maybe even the 80's. hell just give me some more live quality quicksilver messenger service and i'd be happy!!! i have more dead to listen to than life would allow.wasnt always like that back in the taping days i think i even had a muddy copy of 5-15 back then.thanks archive for the library and if they want to do the upgrades take em' its just a sonic upgrade for future libraries. just a thought :) upgrade this show tdih that was my last show seing jerry.a very cool road trip

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jun 15, 2010 7:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Whats the big idea?

I am mostly happy with the way things have evolved . They will never, in a cd form release it all ! So having the cds focus on HQ shows , in the best possible sound , in a fairly stable form ( the cd ). The fact that the lion's share of Dead shows can heard with a few clicks , is a miracle .
I say "mostly happy", because , the anthologies, and partial shows, remove them from the Archive . If it is a full, released show, great, go buy it . But the "Steppin' Out" set is an example of how to screw up access to a bunch of shows ! If they wanted to do a collection, they could have limited it to the April show, or just the last run in May . This also limits future releases from English shows ( "Steppin' out 2"?). So these shows end up, "Sitting here in limbo" .
I though , on the heels of the 1st RT release ( fall 79), they allowed "official downloads of 2 of the show the culled from (11/5-6/79), that they had a solution ; but they seem to ditched the downloads. Too bad .
I am glad to see the new RT is a 3 cd set ( 4 w bonus disc) . I hope this works . When the broke the 2 disc limit with the Dicks' Picks., it was a good thing .
I hope it works out for them, I think it is a fair deal . Meanwhile there are also years, and years o f music they most lilly never get to to listen to .